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Who was at Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess's wedding? The guest list explained

From Prince Harry to Ivanka Trump, James Corden and Katy Perry, here's why this eclectic group of household names attended the fashion designer's lavish Italian wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at friend, Misha Nonoo's wedding in Rome, Italy. It is throught the Bahrain-born deisgner introduced the pair in 2016. Reuters 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at friend, Misha Nonoo's wedding in Rome, Italy. It is throught the Bahrain-born deisgner introduced the pair in 2016. Reuters 

American-based fashion designer, Misha Nonoo married oil heir Michael Hess in a lavish ceremony at Villa Aurelia in Rome this weekend. The Daily Mail reported that one friend of the designer described the big day as "the greatest spectacle Rome has seen since the return of Caesar".

The guest list reads like a who's who of young British royals, celebrities and American heirs. See who attended the big day below ...

For starters, who is Misha Nonoo?

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex embraces designer Misha Nonoo as she launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex embraces designer Misha Nonoo as she launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Getty Images

Before we get onto the guest list, let's discuss Misha Nonoo. The 33-year-old newlywed is a British fashion designer, close friend of Meghan Markle's and was the first person to run an Instagram runway show, back in 2015.

Nonoo was born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father and an English mother. From aged 11, she lived in Surrey, an English county close to London.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Gourley/Shutterstock (9685475fe) Michael Hess and Misha Nonoo The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018
Michael Hess and Misha Nonoo arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in May 2018. James Gourley / Shutterstock

Nonoo and Markle have been friends since meeting at a lunch in Miami, and it is thought that Nonoo introduced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to each other in 2016. They have since worked together to create the duchess's Smart Set capsule wardrobe for the charity, Smart Works. The pair went on holiday to Spain together in 2016.

“We were seated next to one another at a lunch, and we got along like a house on fire,” Nonoo told the Evening Standard of the actress-turned-royal in 2017. “She has the most remarkable and generous spirit. I aspire to be as philanthropic as she is, and to have as much of an impact as her.”

“I love her to death,” Nonoo added. “She is the coolest girl in the world.”

Now, for the guest list:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to the wedding of Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Photo: AP
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the wedding of Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. AP

It makes total sense that "coolest girl in the world", the Duchess of Sussex, would be at her good friend's wedding and that her husband, Prince Harry, would tag along.

But the flame-haired royal has his own history with Nonoo: before marrying Hess, Nonoo was married to Alexander Gilkes, a friend of Prince Harry's. Nonoo married online auction house Paddle8 founder Gilkes in 2012, but they separated in 2016.

The royals attended the Italian wedding before leaving for their autumn tour of Southern Africa on Monday, September 22.

Princess Eugenie

The bride, Misha Nonoo (L) and Beatrix of York enter Villa Aurelia, where Michael Hess and fashion stylist Misha Nonoo get married today. Rome, 20 September 2019. EPA
Fashion designer Misha Nonoo arrives with Britain's Princess Eugenie, for her wedding at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. EPA

Princess Eugenie was beyond your standard guest: she arrived at the venue with the bride, and so it is thought she is a member of the bridal party.

The royal wore a black dress for the black tie occasion, while Nonoo sported a paired-back white wedding dress.

Princess Eugenie of York and Misha Nanoo attend Misha Nonoo Pop-Up Launch Event on September 09, 2019 in New York City. Getty Images
Princess Eugenie of York and Misha Nanoo attend Misha Nonoo Pop-Up Launch Event on September 09, 2019 in New York City. Getty Images

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice of York arrives to attend the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
Princess Beatrice and Poppy Jamie arrive at the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. Reuters

Another royal at the event, Princess Beatrice arrived with Poppy Jamie, a close friend of Nonoo's and model Suki Waterhouse. It has been speculated that, along with music mogul David Geffen, the princess played a part in setting Nonoo and Hess up.

Karlie Kloss

epa07857238 US model Karlie Kloss arrives at a hotel before attending the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and businessman Michael Hess at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy, 20 September 2019. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI
Model Karlie Kloss arrives at a hotel before attending the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. EPA

Model Karlie Kloss is married to Joshua Kushner, Michael Hess' best friend and brother to Jared. It is thought that Joshua was Hess' best man at the nuptials.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

epa07857120 Ivanka Trump (L), daughter and advisor to US President Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the US President (R) arrive for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and businessman Michael Hess at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy, 20 September 2019. EPA/CLAUDIO PERI
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive at the wedding of Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. EPA

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, arrived at the wedding with her husband, Jared Kushner, who is the older brother of Joshua Kushner and also friends with the groom.

Katy Perry

Singer Kate Perry and actor Orlando Bloom arrive to attend the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom arrive at the wedding of Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. Reuters

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are becoming regulars at society weddings, fresh from Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling's big day on Saturday, August 31. It is thought that Perry knows Nonoo through mutual friend, Jamie Mizrahi.

Mizrahi is stylist who often works with Perry, and is married to Nico Mizrahi, a friend of Hess'.

James Corden

James Corden arrives to attend the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo at Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
James Corden arrives at the wedding of Misha Nonoo and Michael Hess in Rome, Italy on Friday, September 20, 2019. Reuters

The link between TV personality Corden and the couple is not immediately clear, but he is certainly in with the young royals, having been friends with Prince Harry "for years", and a guest at the royal's May 2018 wedding to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Naturally, Nonoo and Hess were at the duke and duchess' big day, so perhaps they all met there. Corden arrived at the Italian ceremony with wife, Julia Carey.

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Updated: September 22, 2019 02:36 PM

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